de·bate /dɪˈbet, di-/
De·bate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debated; p. pr. & vb. n. Debating.]
1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner, and the cause of religion was debated with the same ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine. --Prescott.
2. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.
A wise council . . . that did debate this business. --Shak.
Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. --Prov. xxv. 9.
Syn: -- To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See Argue, and Discuss.
De·bate, v. i.
1. To engage in strife or combat; to fight. [Obs.]
Well could he tourney and in lists debate. --Spenser.
2. To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; -- often followed by on or upon.
He presents that great soul debating upon the subject of life and death with his intimate friends. --Tatler.
1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. [Archaic]
On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore. --R. of Gloucester.
But question fierce and proud reply
Gave signal soon of dire debate. --Sir W. Scott.
2. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or in Congress.
Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate. --Pope.
3. Subject of discussion. [R.]
Statutes and edicts concerning this debate. --Milton.
n 1: a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against
some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign
aid goes on and on" [syn: argument, argumentation]
2: the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated
proposition (usually followed by a vote) [syn: disputation,
v 1: argue with one another; "We debated the question of
abortion"; "John debated Mary"
2: think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the
possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your
mind" [syn: consider, moot, turn over, deliberate]
3: discuss the pros and cons of an issue [syn: deliberate]
4: have an argument about something [syn: argue, contend, fence]